No-Bake Date Squares ("Dadelvingers")
This no-bake date squares recipe is one of my Gran’s classic South African desserts. This is exactly how she makes it, and they are truly delicious every time!
Dadelvingers or date slices are quintessentially South African treats. Made with dates and Marie biscuits rolled in desiccated coconut, these nostalgically sweet and sticky cookies are simply heavenly! This recipe is one that my Gran has been making for longer than I’ve been alive, and is the essence of simplicity and deliciousness.
This recipe is no-bake, so there’s no fussing with ovens or timers; everything is quickly and easily combined on the stove, chilled and sliced. All in 2 hours or so. What could be better? As a bonus, this recipe is vegetarian and quite budget-friendly, making these delightful cookies the perfect choice for teatime snacks or party nibbles.
The only things you’ll need to make these wonderful no-bake date squares are 8 simple ingredients, 25 minutes of active prep and cook time, and a bit of love. Cheers!
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Frequently Asked Questions
What’s a Marie biscuit? What else can I use?
Marie biscuits are light and crispy South African biscuits. If you can’t find them where you live, you can use McVities rich tea biscuits.
Can I make Dadelvingers/date squares without eggs/vegan?
We have not tested this recipe using vegan alternatives as yet. If you try making this recipe using vegan ingredients, be sure to let us know!